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NaNoWriMo 2012 – Day 11-12 Overview

For those of you who are new to following me on my blog here, welcome!!  Let me take a moment to briefly describe what Aurorae Rising is about and then I’ll jump into my actual progress so far.

Aurorae Rising is an adventure novel about an errand boy who is charged with the strangest delivery of his life – escorting a sealed document on a cross-country dirigible race to a neighboring land.”

NaNoWriMo suggests a daily average of 1,667 words towards the ultimate goal of 50,000 words during the month of November. I’ve got my own goals this year so keep reading to receive an update on how my work-in-progress this year is going!

My Target Project Goal: 20,000 / 50,000

Actual Word Count: 25,079 / 50,000

Words Written Today: 4,429

Hours Today: 3

For those that are interested in stats, I’m using Svenia Liv’s lovely Excel spreadsheet to keep track of all the numbers.

This comes out to 8.9% of the novel written today.  In terms of page numbers, rounding at about 250 words to a double-spaced page, this is roughly 17 pages of new material.

Day 11:

Sunday I took the day off to study The Plot Whisperer (and accompanying workbook) and Book in a Month to learn more about plotting and what sorts of things belong in the “muggy middles” of books.  I also spend several hours reading one of the two remaining books that I need to review by 12/15 for a magazine.  So, not so much productive on the writing side.  I thought it’d be okay though because I was two days ahead of schedule on my writing.

Day 12:

I got an unpleasant surprise this morning.  I accidentally cut and paste a selection TWICE so my actual word count was 1,000 words off (ouch!).  My cousin, who is preparing her house for the holiday season by cleaning, and me (not so much…) challenged each other all day by making goals. Sort of a word war vs. cleaning war.  That motivated her to clean and me to power through writing so first things first, I caught up to the 20k I should have been at already.  Then, I wanted to get a couple of days’ head start on the week so I kept writing.

I’m thrilled to report that I officially made the MIDWAY POINT today. On my calendar, that wasn’t supposed to happen until Thursday or Friday this week. Whooooo hoooo!  I’m now thinking of figuring out if I can keep the “2k a day” pace up post-NaNoWriMo.  I’d love to have a full first draft completed and in my hands.

As a personal point of reference, I wanted to state how huge of an accomplishment this is for me personally.  The longest work of fiction that I’ve ever done was an unfinished manuscript, Pandora’s Crest (working title), a YA fantasy which totaled (I just checked), a grand total of 25,088 words.  So, as of about 5pm Monday, November 12, 2012, I have now crossed the threshold where Aurorae Rising is the single-longest draft that I have ever written.  What an amazing experience.  God is so good!  Thanks to you all out there rooting for me and praying too. 🙂

God bless and have a great day!

This entry was posted in: Writing


Lauren Miller is a Midwestern born writer with a passion for Jesus, the written word, and dogs. She has two decades of experience in the library field and reviews books for the Historical Novels Review (UK). She likes to spend her free time enjoying period films, discovering new reads, and being surrounded by other people’s pets. Lauren, her husband, and their wily Maine Coon (who isn’t quite a dog) live in Missouri. You can learn more about Lauren’s writing at LaurenJoanMiller.com.

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